Editions on CD:


• Corpus of Spanish Emblem Books

• The Golden Age of European Emblematics

• Emblems of Wither & Rollenhagen

• Alciato, Emblemata. Critical Edition

• Emblems of the Society of Jesus

• Renaissance Books of Imprese

• Baroque Repertories of Imprese


• Hieroglyphics

• Animal Symbolism

• Mythographies


• Renaissance Numismatics

• Complete Works of Hubert Goltzius

proverbial wisdom

• Erasmus’ Adagia. Versions and Sources


• Covarrubias, Tesoro de la lengua española

complete works

• Baltasar Gracián

proverbial wisdom

• Erasmus’ Adagia. Versions and Sources


• Covarrubias, Tesoro de la lengua española

complete works

• Baltasar Gracián

Treasures of Kalocsa

• Book of Psalms
MS 382, c. 1438


10. Mythographies. The Gods in the Renaissance

THE PRESENCE OF PAGAN GODS, and their stories and images, can be seen in all creations of the Renaissance. Boccaccio elaborated a treatise, still medieval in its essence, which yet defended the poetry of those stories and which had an immediate influence. Thus his Genealogia was one of the principal sources of information for artists and writers up until the appearance of Cartari’s work. Soon it was also to be possible to consult other manuals of an encyclopedic nature, such as those by Conti or Giraldi, as well as those works that reelaborate and recast materials, such as those of Berchorius, Baldini or Du Choul.

Nevertheless, we believe that our edition woould not be complete with only the Renaissance texts, and therefore we publish classical sources of extraordinary importance, such as Apollodorus or Hyginus.

Along with these mythographies, quite aware that Ovid’s Metamorphoses are an obligatory reading in order to decipher allusions to myths that plastic and literary artists reiterate endlessly, we also publish the translation into Spanish, with commentary, by Sánchez de Viana.

Studiolum’s system of annotation and conducting searches allows the user to to quickly and clearly trace the relationships among the texts. Likewise, this CD allows one to display simultaneously to the eyes all of the gods and mythological personages inventoried, thus facilitating the often complex task of understanding in detail a theme or allusion present in any artistic manifestation.

In preparation.


Titles included:

Classical and medieval sources:

• Apollodorus, Bibliotheca (Heidelberg 1599)
• Cicero, De natura deorum; De divinatione (Hamburgo 1618 of the Opera Omnia, with commentary by J. Gruterus)
• Betuleius, Xystus, In Ciceronis de natura deorum commentarii (Basel, n.d.)
• Hyginus, Fabularum liber, Palaephatus, De fabulosis narrationibus, Fulgentius, Mythologiarum liber, Fulgentius, De vocum antiquitatum interpretatione (Basel 1570)
• Berchorius, Petrus, De formis figurisque deorum – Ovidius moralizatus (Lyon 1509)

Renaissance Manuals:

• Aleandro, Girolamo, Antiquae tabulae marmoreae solis effigie, symbolisque exculptae accurata explicatio (Rome 1616)
• Albericus, De deorum imaginibus (Basel 1570)
• Alexander ab Alexandro, Genialium dierum libri sex (Frankfurt 1594, con comentarios de A. Tiraquellus y C. Colerus)
• Baldini, Mascherata della genealogia degli iddei (Florencia 1575)
• Boccaccio, Giovanni, Genealogia Deorum (Basel 1532 Latin, with commentaries by Mycillus; Venice 1547 Italian by Betussi)
• Cartari, Vincenzo, Imagini de i Dei de gli antichi (Venice 1571 and 1647)
• Conti, Natale, Mythologiae (Venice 1567)
• Du Choul, Guillaume, Discours de la religion des anciens romains (Lyon 1556 French; Lyon 1579, Spanish translation by B. Pérez del Castillo).
• Giraldi, Giglio, Syntagma deorum (Basel 1580, of the Opera Omnia)
• Herold, Johannes. Heydenweldt (Basel 1554)
• Madrigal, Alonso, Las XIIII questiones del Tostado... Las otras diez questiones poéticas son acerca de la sucesión de los dioses de los gentiles (Antwerp 1551) (editio optima; the first ed. is of Salamanca, 1506-7)
• Pérez de Moya, Juan. Philosophía secreta donde debajo de historias fabulosas se contiene mucha doctrina provechosa a todos estudios (Madrid 1585)
Sánchez de Viana, Pedro. Anotaciones sobre los quinze libros de las transformaciones de Ovidio. Con la mitología de las fábulas y otras cosas. (Valladolid 1589, traducción y comentario de las Metamorfosis)
• Vitoria, Baltasar de, Theatro de los dioses de la gentilidad (Madrid 1620)
• Vitoria, Baltasar de, Segunda parte del Theatro de los dioses de la gentilidad (Madrid 1623)
• Aguilar, Juan Bautista, Tercera parte del Theatro de los dioses de la gentilidad (Madrid 1688)


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